A Garden In Coutances With A Difference

The public garden in Coutances is just that little bit different. It’s one of Normandy’s oldest public gardens having been created in 1855. It’s also a mix of French and English styles. What really sets it apart from other gardens is the mosaiculture style used in the planting. This horticultural art creates topiary-like structures using […]

A Self Guided Walk Around Coutances

The tourist Office in Coutances has just produced a leaflet if you’d like to take a self guided walk around Coutances. It’s available in French and has also been translated into English and German. Start at the tourist office and follow the map and commentary. Look above the shops and you’ll find interesting façades and […]

What’s On In Normandy?

What’s on in Normandy this week? Although the season is changing there are still holiday makers ready to discover the area. The rain at the weekend gave way to some late afternoon sunshine on Sunday and the week looks set to be dry and warmer by the end of the week. The Coutances tourist office […]

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival starts on Saturday 1st September and is on for the whole month. This is the 23rd time that the Normandy festival has been celebrated. It takes place in the agricultural college (the lycée agricole) where students wanting an agricultural or horticultural profession study. Throughout the year the college also runs a garden centre […]

Coutances Gardens – An Oasis Of Calm

Across the square in Coutances from the cathedral are the fabulous Coutances gardens. They are known as Le Jardin des Plantes and are open all year round albeit with shorter hours in the winter.  They’re one of Normandy’s oldest public gardens and have a mix of English and French styles. Every year a theme is […]

An Aerial View of La Manche Region in Normandy

La Manche region of Normandy’s characterised by its extensive coastline which surrounds a terrain of hedgerows, woodland and pastures (known as bocage). The video below highlights some of the key sights to see.  The miles and miles of coast are also home to pretty seaside villages and towns. Some of the aerial shots show Granville […]

What’s On In Coutances Cathedral

The guided tours of the upper galleries of Coutances Cathedral will start again on Sunday 8th July after a month’s absence. The tours will run until August 27th.   Tours can be taken  every Monday at 1.30 pm in English. French tours are available every day at 11am and 3pm. The tours last around an […]

A Recommended Day Trip in Coutances

The beautiful town of Coutances in Normandy is perfect for a day of exploring. The Tourist Office have recently published this guide to the town. Although, it’s in French, there’s a map of the towns showing the highlights. I visited Coutances late yesterday afternoon and took these photos in the Normandy sunshine. The public garden […]